Origin : Cuba
Format : Pyramide
Size : 156 x 21 mm (6.1 x 52)
Release : 2009
Price : ~$450 for a box of 25
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While I was in Geneva this spring, I thought I’d take advantage of this special opportunity to try the Por Larranaga Valiosos Regional Edition Switzerland. The cigar cost me $22.00. I thought that it would be well worth it to try this cigar out for everyone who can’t take advantage of this release. The Valiosos was produced as a limited edition regional cigar; only 2400 boxes were distributed for sale in Switzerland.
This is a fine looking cigar for sure with a beautiful Colorado wrapper featuring prominent veins. There is a lot of oil on this wrapper, to the extent where it almost rubs off on my hands when I handle it.
At first glance this appears to be a well designed pyramid Cuban puro. But as I felt along the length of the cigar I noticed that part of it was extremely hard just below the tapered cap and a suspicion dawned on me that this cigar would be plugged up. Once I removed the cap, I was relieved to find that it wasn’t. The initial draw was a bit tight, but after a few puffs the air started to flow more easily.
I am pleased to say that the cigar lit easily, and both the burn and draw were even throughout (after the first few minutes of tightness at the beginning). The ash hangs on nicely until it is ready to drop.
I was hoping for something a little more complex and well balanced than what I got. The initial few puffs on this cigar were pleasantly spicy and tasted and smelled of coffee and dark chocolate. But after the first third or so, the smoke turns to a bitter cedar flavor. I kept waiting for some evolution in the flavor, but there wasn’t one. The strength of the cigar also waned through the remaining two thirds of the smoke. All in all, rather anticlimactic.
This cigar was about middle range in terms of price. But still, considering what I paid and that I expected out of Por Larranaga, I could’ve been more satisfied with something a bit more complex and lively.
Overall Rating :
The Por Larranaga Valiosos Regional Edition Switzerland is a reasonably well constructed cigar with an elegant appearance. Unfortunately the static flavor and bland smoking experience wouldn’t really justify me purchasing another one.